events & workshops

Save the date! Ayurveda and ashtanga yoga weekend with lisa schrempp

March 23-25
$55 per workshop; $40 for mysore
the shala union square
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Build a School in costa rica

join us for another community night of yoga and music to raise money to build a school in costa rica.

saturday, novemeber 11th, 6:00 to 9:00
$20 suggested donation
the shala union square
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ashtanga yoga with tim feldmann

Fri, Nov 3 – Sun, Nov 5

$55 per workshop; $40 for mysore
union square
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friday, Nov 3
The Breath of Pleasure & Pain – The anatomy of Our Craving Mind.
Are you curious about how yoga works? Are you curious about how your mind and body operates below the conscious moment? Then this class is for you. Yoga considers suffering the foundational paradigm of living. Yoga sastra also tells us whatever is ‘sweet in the beginning is bitter at the end’ and vice versa. How are we suppose to understand this pessimistic outlook on life? And what about pleasure? How does comfort, joy and happiness fit into classic yoga’s model for living Through yogic breathing we have the opportunity to get a personal hands-on experience of this and other deep teaching from the ancient yogis. When we embody the underlying layers of yogic teachings, applying it to our lives becomes a natural gravitation. In this class you will experience how pleasure and pain offers direct and one of a kind lessons towards realizing deeper levels of yourself.  All levels welcome.

Sat, Nov 4
Mysore style Class
Named after the city where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois lived, this is is the classic way Ashtanga Yoga is taught. A melting pot of yoga practitioners of all levels from beginner to advanced, this class sets out to offer personalized guidance to every practitioner at exactly where you need it most. Build relationship with yourself, your practice and your teacher in this inspiring energy. Honor the Ashtanga Yoga’s living lineage that dates back nearly five thousand years in a unbroken line of teachers, sages and gurus, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, his son R. Sharath Jois and every Ashtanga practitioner today.

Sat, Nov 4
Gateway Postures of The Primary Series – Bhujapidasana, Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana.
The Primary Series, Yoga Chikitsa, is meant to heal and strengthen our body and mind, preparing ourselves for a deeper and more subtle asana exploration in the Intermediate Series, Nadi Shodana. But sometimes we get a bit stuck! the leg just won’t go where we want it to or our knees, wrists or shoulders seems more achy than happy when attempting the higher notes of this series, also called the ‘Gateway Postures’ as they serve as indicators that our body has grown ready for a next level. But what to do when we can’t find our body molding those fancy shapes?  This workshops addresses that issue. Focussing on technique, proper alignment and anatomical insights will help you understand how your body move and how to progress to a next level of your aptitude. We set up for a detailed experience of these difficult gateway postures, slowly peeling the layers that obstructs our view and motion required to find the freedom and power which Sri Patanjali promises in this yoga method.

Sun, Nov 5
Inversions, Headstands & Arm Balances
In this workshop you will learn practical tools to turn upside down with stability, tranquility and grace. You will gain a thorough understanding of the anatomical patterns at play in your body while inverted. Detailing the shoulder mechanics helps you integrate your arms, spine, ribcage and hip to create a solid platform for accessible and pleasurable inversions whether on your head, hands or elbows. All levels welcome.

autumn breathe-ins with annie piper

Friday, September 29 + Friday, October 27
Fort Greene + Union Square

Join us for two back-to-school breathe-ins with Annie Piper, Paul Weinfeld & Leslie Erin Roth.

Friday, September 29

Fort Greene Shala

Friday, October 27

Union Square Shala 


kirtan with shala teachers

Saturday, October 21
The Shala Fort Greene

come sing with us (kristin l., barbara, domenick, ashley, jenny c., kristin d., annie, maria c. and more)! bring family, friends, kids, partners. everyone is welcome.



iyengar yoga classes with kevin gardiner

september 19 + september 26, 2-4pm
$25 for each class
the shala union square
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Tuesday, September 19th, 2-4pm: Inversions: Arm Work and Bird Poses

Tuesday, September 26th, 2-4pm: Twists: Standing, Seated & Supine

The Shala is delighted to welcome back Kevin Gardiner, one of the world’s foremost senior Iyengar teachers.


Kevin Gardiner, a native New Yorker, began studying yoga in 1970 and has been teaching Iyengar Yoga since 1982. He was a co-founder of the Iyengar Institute of Greater New York serving on it’s Executive Committee and in various leadership roles continuously since it’s inception. He now holds a Senior Intermediate I Teaching Certificate.
His teaching is highly detailed and textured, seamlessly incorporating many components of yoga philosophy and the sutras, while continuously challenging students to gain greater sensitivity and awareness in each asana. He has a tremendous practical understanding of the living anatomy of the human body, and a lighthearted and off-beat sense of humor.

bhakti yoga workshop with edwin bryant

friday, october 20, 4-8pm
the shala union square
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 Friday, October 20, 4-8pm

Edwin Bryant’s new book, Bhakti Yoga: Tales and Teachings from the Bhagavata Purana, offers a masterful translation of and commentary on one of the most important texts in yoga philosophy. The Shala is glad to welcome back Edwin Bryant for storytelling and discussion.